Well, it was a fun election season kids. I guess we can get back to business now. If we learned anything from last night's photo finish in Iowa, it's that we've got another four years of Obama to look forward to. Could be worse, I guess.
In a desperate bid to remain even a little relevant, Iowa GOP commissioners managed to scare up eight last minute ballots for Romney to put him on top of the Jesus-Rode-Dinosaurs guy. I have to admit I laughed out loud a little at the video of Romney's Iowa team high-fiving after the result was announced. It's the political equivalent of the Broncos backing into the playoffs by losing to the Chiefs.
The clear winner last night was Obama. The Republican party is in a state of disarray that it hasn't seen since Bush I got his ass kicked in 1992. If you need proof, look no further than Democratic uber-operative James Carville saying it was the most satisfying Iowa result he'd ever seen. The GOP is obviously not ready for prime time.
Early word is that Rick Perry is out and Michelle Bachman isn't far behind, which is kind of a shame because they'll take a little of the freakshow cred with them. I personally would rather see all the candidates (save Ron Paul, of course) arrive at the finish line in a bloody pulp after having savaged one another for the better part of a year.
The Romney fans in the crowd better enjoy this while it lasts, because this will probably be the last thing he wins. Newt Gingrich's sociopathic ego will never allow him to admit that he finished a dismal 4th because of his own unelectability, and he's already focusing his wrath on Romney. You can expect some truly heinous shit to be revealed about Romney courtesy of Newt. Newt is gonna go scorched earth, trust me. He knows he can't win, but he's determined to take Romney down with him.
And then there's the Ron Paul crowd (myself among them). By garnering 23% of the vote, he more or less controls the GOP at this point. How can that be, you ask? His supporters will not support anyone else. The rest of the field is unacceptable to the majority of Ron Paul people, and come election day they just won't show up if he's not on the ballot. Obama wins in a landslide. I refer you again to 1992.
Hopefully Santorum's near win (well, let's face it, it was a win) was the last gasp of the religious fundamentalists who hijacked the party in the 1980's. Four more years of Obama might even be a good thing: he certainly has a knack for screwing up and I think we can reasonably expect that to accelerate over the next four years, plus it'll be another four years for old Republicans to die off and make room for the younger generation that actually knows WTF is going on and gives no sway to ridiculous non-issues like gay marriage.
I'm encouraged to avoid political discussions on the site and I make every effort to do so. But when a single party makes such an embarrassing statement like last night, I simply can't ignore it. You'd think after four years the GOP would have their game faces on.
And to think I spent five years as a registered Republican before Ross Perot showed me the light. I thought it was the other guys who were supposed to make you cringe.